Growing up, I had to deal with tough love
and mistreatments; nothing got handed down.
Something I’ve learned to appreciate
over the years. My life wasn’t easy,
but it was worth the struggle. I wouldn’t trade
my past for anything. For me, it’s been
my breakthrough; it has kept me grounded.

Thank you, aunt Freda, for the opportunity to advance. I admire your ambition to survive life’s cruelly dealt hands. I’m forever grateful to you.

Hugs and kisses, I can say that now,
with a smile on my face before, I dealt with
a lot of anger and unforgiveness towards you
and everyone else who made my young life difficult.